Time to Stand Up

An Engaged Buddhist Manifesto for Our Earth -- The Buddha's Life and Message through Feminine Eyes

Author: Thanissara

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1583949178

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 1989

Time to Stand Up retells the story of the historical Buddha, one of the greatest sacred activists of all time, as a practical human being whose teachings of freedom from suffering are more relevant than ever in this time of global peril. Evolving onward from the patriarchal template of spiritual warriors and their quests, former nun Thanissara explores awakening from within a feminine view where the archetypes of lover and nurturer are placed as central and essential for a sustainable world. Vital is an investigation into the pinnacle of Buddhist practice, the realization of the "liberated heart." Thanissara questions the narrative of "transcendence" and invites us into the lived reality of our deepest heart as it guides our journey of healing, reclamation, and redemption. As the book unfolds, the author examines traditional Buddhism--often fraught with gender discrimination--and asks the important question, "Can Buddhist schools, overly attached to hierarchal power structures, and often divorced from the radical and free inquiry exemplified by the Buddha, truly offer the ground for maturing awakening without undertaking a fundamental review of their own shadows?" Chapter by chapter, the book relates Siddhartha Gautama's awakening to the sea-change occurring on Earth in present time as we as a civilization become aware of the ethical bankruptcy of the nuclear and fossil fuel industry and the psychopathic corporate and military abuse of power currently terrorizing our planet. Thanissara relates the Buddha's story to real-life individuals who are living through these transitional times, such as Iraq war veterans, First Nation People, and the Dalai Lama. Time to Stand Up gives examples of the Buddha's activism, such as challenging a racist caste system and violence against animals, stopping war, transforming a serial killer, and laying down a nonhierarchical structure of community governance, actions that would seem radical even today. Thanissara explores ways forward, deepening our understanding of meditation and mindfulness, probing its use to pacify ourselves as the cogs in the corporate world by helping people be more functional in a dysfunctional systems--and shows how these core Buddhist practices can inspire a wake-up call for action for our sick and suffering planet Earth. About the Sacred Activism series When the joy of compassionate service is combined with the pragmatic drive to transform all existing economic, social, and political institutions, a radical divine force is born: Sacred Activism. The Sacred Activism Series, published by North Atlantic Books, presents leading voices that embody the tenets of Sacred Activism--compassion, service, and sacred consciousness--while addressing the crucial issues of our time and inspiring radical action.

Occupy Spirituality

A Radical Vision for a New Generation

Author: Adam Bucko,Matthew Fox

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1583946861

Category: Religion

Page: 288

View: 2712

Named one of the Fifty Best Spiritual Books of 2013 by SPIRITUALITY & PRACTICE in the JUSTICE category! The Occupy Wall Street movement and protest movements around the world are evidence of a new era of intergenerational activists seeking deeper spiritual meaning in their quest for peace and justice. This book is a call to action for a new era of spirituality-infused activism. Authors Adam Bucko and Matthew Fox encourage us to use our talents in service of compassion and justice and to move beyond our broken systems--economic, political, educational, and religious--discovering a spirituality that not only helps us to get along, but also encourages us to reevaluate our traditions, transforming them and in the process building a more sacred and just world. Incorporating the words of young activist leaders culled from interviews and surveys, the book provides a framework that is deliberately interfaith and speaks to our profound yearning for a life with spiritual purpose and for a better world. Each chapter is construed as a dialogue between Fox, a 72-year-old theologian, and Bucko, a 37-year-old spiritual activist and mentor to homeless youth. As we listen in on these familiar yet profound conversations, we learn about Fox and Bucko's own spiritual journeys and discover a radical spirituality that is inclusive, democratic, and relevant to the world we live in today. Table of Contents Foreword by Mona Eltahawy Foreword by Andrew Harvey Introduction: Invitation to Occupy Your Conscience 1. Is It Time to Replace the God of Religion with the God of Life? 2. Radical Spirituality for a Radical Generation 3. Adam's Story 4. Matthew's Story 5. What's Your Calling? Are You Living in Service of Compassion and Justice? 6. Spiritual Practice: Touch Life and Be Changed by It 7. No Generation Has All the Answers: Elders and Youth Working Together 8. Birthing New Economics, New Communities, and New Monasticism Conclusion: Occupy Generation and the Practice of Spiritual Democracy Afterword by Lama Surya Das From the Trade Paperback edition.

Listening to the Heart

A Contemplative Journey to Engaged Buddhism

Author: Kittisaro,Thanissara

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1583948392

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 282

View: 9523

"A deeply personal dharma book exploring the inner practice of meditation in support of awakening through teachings and stories of Buddhist masters who are fearless, funny, and challenging, and the story of two unconventional individuals who have together embraced spirituality as the keystone of their lives"--

Unlearning the Basics

A New Way of Understanding Yourself and the World

Author: Rishi Sativihari,Mu Soeng

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0861715721

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 145

View: 4569

Unlearning the Basics challenges many of our commonsense understandings and offers a new way of seeing. Grounded in the Buddhist tradition yet completely free from the formulas of traditional presentations, this book examines concepts of love and grasping, as well as what happens when the need for love meets "the great unfixables". Also covered are how impermanence, vulnerability, and pain feed the "evolution of character", personal agency, and the necessity of experiential training in new ways of using the mind — and of returning to our true home and finding new ways to flourish.

Meetings with Remarkable Women

Buddhist Teachers in America

Author: Lenore Friedman

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 362

View: 7251

A celebration of Buddhist women in America focuses on the wisdom and accomplishments of Toni Packer, Maurine Stuart, Joko Beck, Karuna Dharma, and many other female Buddhist teachers. Original.

Woman Awake

Women Practicing Buddhism

Author: Christina Feldman

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 1930485727

Category: Religion

Page: 176

View: 9907

Because women have been conditioned to live according to traditional feminine values—conformity, passivity, and surrender of the self—they often feel powerless to transform their lives and afraid to lose their sense of worth. In Woman Awake, Christina Feldman suggests that it is possible for women to break out of their negative patterns and accept themselves as they really are. With a growing awarenss of the dignity of all life and its connection with them, women can overcome the social conditioning and myth-making that overwhelm and oppress them.For those women new to Buddhist meditation, Christina Feldman offers sensitive and valuable guidelines on breathing and relaxation—stressing, above all, that learning to understand, appreciate, and value themselves is the first step toward women's creative and joyful integration with the world.

The Interpretation of Cultures

Author: Clifford Geertz

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0465093566

Category: Social Science

Page: 576

View: 9150

In The Interpretation of Cultures, the most original anthropologist of his generation moved far beyond the traditional confines of his discipline to develop an important new concept of culture. This groundbreaking book, winner of the 1974 Sorokin Award of the American Sociological Association, helped define for an entire generation of anthropologists what their field is ultimately about.

The Koan

Texts and Contexts in Zen Buddhism

Author: Steven Heine,Dale S. Wright

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019802780X

Category: Religion

Page: 336

View: 8927

Koans are enigmatic spiritual formulas used for religious training in the Zen Buddhist tradition. Arguing that our understanding of the koan tradition has been severely limited, contributors to this collection examine previously unrecognized factors in the formation of this tradition, and highlight the rich complexity and diversity of koan practice and literature.

Advanced Linear Algebra

Author: Bruce Cooperstein

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1439829691

Category: Mathematics

Page: 364

View: 9174

Advanced Linear Algebra focuses on vector spaces and the maps between them that preserve their structure (linear transformations). It starts with familiar concepts and then slowly builds to deeper results. Along with including many exercises and examples, each section reviews what students need to know before studying the material. The book first introduces vector spaces over fields as well as the fundamental concepts of linear combinations, span of vectors, linear independence, basis, and dimension. After covering linear transformations, it discusses the algebra of polynomials with coefficients in a field, concentrating on results that are consequences of the division algorithm. The author then develops the whole structure theory of a linear operator on a finite dimensional vector space from a collection of some simple results. He also explores the entire range of topics associated with inner product spaces, from the Gram–Schmidt process to the spectral theorems for normal and self-adjoint operators on an inner product space. The text goes on to rigorously describe the trace and determinant of linear operators and square matrices. The final two chapters focus on bilinear forms and tensor products and related material. Designed for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students, this textbook shows students the beauty of linear algebra. It also prepares them for further study in mathematics.

Underminers

A Guide to Subverting The Machine

Author: Keith Farnish

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 0865717540

Category: Political Science

Page: 384

View: 9609

A user's guide for dismantling modern civilization.

Woman awake

a celebration of women's wisdom

Author: Christina Feldman

Publisher: Penguin Books

ISBN: 9780140191967

Category: Self-Help

Page: 155

View: 5950

Explains how women can free themselves from their socially conditioned passivity, and the resultant feelings of powerlessness, and transform their lives, by following a path of spiritual contemplation

In Praise of Copying

Author: Marcus Boon

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674058429

Category: Philosophy

Page: 294

View: 1357

German critic Walter Benjamin wrote some immensely influential words on the work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction. Luxury fashion houses would say something shorter and sharper and much more legally binding on the rip-off merchants who fake their products. Marcus Boon, a Canadian English professor with an accessible turn of phrase, takes us on an erudite voyage through the theme in a serious but engaging encounter with the ideas of thinkers as varied as Plato, Hegel, Orson Welles, Benjamin, Heidegger, Louis Vuitton, Takashi Murakami and many more, on topics as philosophically taxing and pop-culture-light as mimesis, Christianity, capitalism, authenticity, Uma Thurman's handbag and Disneyland.

Savage Grace

Living Resiliently in the Dark Night of the Globe

Author: Andrew Harvey,Carolyn Baker

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 153203055X

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 190

View: 9227

In the boldest and most daring book either author has ever written, Andrew Harvey and Carolyn Baker confront us with the life and death reality of the global crisis and the fact that four crucial strategies must be employed not only to survive the dark night, but to inhabit our bodies and our lives with passionate authenticity, honesty, vigilance, community, compassion, and service. These strategies are Reconnection, Resistance, Resilience, and Regeneration. Deep and unprecedented reconnection with self, others, and Earth must be our mission, regardless of the outcome. Distinguishing between problems which have solutions and predicaments which can only be responded to, Harvey and Baker articulate precisely how we have arrived at this unprecedented juncture and offer strategies of resistance against the fundamental enemies of humanity and the Earth. Such a response demands of us something far deeper than what conventional religions and visions of activism call for--nothing less than living and acting from the Sacred Self, both without illusion and totally committed to compassion and justice even, if necessary, in hopeless situations. With Trump, its as if the Titanic has hit the iceberg. We are the passengers. The only question before us, and before the whole world, is how we stop the ripping of our hull. The original Titanic sunk due to human arrogance. There is still time for us to save ourselves with the power of humility, resistance and renewal. This book offers a compelling and profound pathway for human survival after hitting the iceberg. Jim Garrison, Founder and President of Ubiquity University. A powerful manual for a spiritual revolution! Read it, pray it, reflect on it, and then start acting on it...because the future of the world depends on it. Adam Bucko, co-author of Occupy Spirituality and The New Monasticism

How Zen Became Zen

The Dispute Over Enlightenment and the Formation of Chan Buddhism in Song-Dynasty China

Author: Morten Schlutter

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 0824835085

Category: Religion

Page: 289

View: 2651

How Zen Became Zen takes a novel approach to understanding one of the most crucial developments in Zen Buddhism: the dispute over the nature of enlightenment that erupted within the Chinese Chan (Zen) school in the twelfth century. The famous Linji (Rinzai) Chan master Dahui Zonggao (1089-1163) railed against heretical silent illumination Chan and strongly advocated kanhua (kan) meditation as an antidote. In this fascinating study, Morten Schltter shows that Dahui's target was the Caodong (St) Chan tradition that had been revived and reinvented in the early twelfth century, and that silent meditation was an approach to practice and enlightenment that originated within this new Chan tradition. Schltter has written a refreshingly accessible account of the intricacies of the dispute, which is still reverberating through modern Zen in both Asia and the West. Dahui and his opponents' arguments for their respective positions come across in this book in as earnest and relevant a manner as they must have seemed almost nine hundred years ago. Although much of the book is devoted to illuminating the doctrinal and soteriological issues behind the enlightenment dispute, Schltter makes the case that the dispute must be understood in the context of government policies toward Buddhism, economic factors, and social changes. He analyzes the remarkable ascent of Chan during the first centuries of the Song dynasty, when it became the dominant form of elite monastic Buddhism, and demonstrates that secular educated elites came to control the critical transmission from master to disciple (procreation as Schltter terms it) in the Chan School.

One Small Difference

Step Into Action for a Better World

Author: Kerry Nelson

Publisher: Kerry Nelson

ISBN: 9780692655542

Category: Political Science

Page: 166

View: 1099

A step by step self-help book for people who want to change the world and serve in the world.While many of us talk about wanting to make a difference, this interactive guide will move the reader beyond the dinner table conversation and into action."

The Bodhisattva's Embrace

Dispatches from Engaged Buddhism's Front Lines

Author: Alan Senauke

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780982784402

Category: Religion

Page: 244

View: 2821

Engaged Buddhism is the modern meeting place of personal and social liberation. As a Zen Buddhist priest, as director of Buddhist Peace Fellowship, founder of the Clear View Project, and advisor to the International Network of Engaged Buddhists, Hozan Alan Senauke has a unique experience of the full range of the engaged Buddhist movement around the world. The compelling essays in The Bodhisattva's Embrace throw light on places little seen. Alan Senauke challenges us to awaken in the world as it is.

The 4-Hour Work Week

Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich

Author: Timothy Ferriss

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0091929113

Category: Self-Help

Page: 396

View: 5205

A new, updated and expanded edition of this New York Times bestseller on how to reconstruct your life so it's not all about work Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan - there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, this book is the blueprint. This step-by step guide to luxury lifestyle design teaches: * How Tim went from $40,000 dollars per year and 80 hours per week to $40,000 per MONTH and 4 hours per week * How to outsource your life to overseas virtual assistants for $5 per hour and do whatever you want * How blue-chip escape artists travel the world without quitting their jobs * How to eliminate 50% of your work in 48 hours using the principles of a forgotten Italian economist * How to trade a long-haul career for short work bursts and frequent 'mini-retirements'. This new updated and expanded edition includes: More than 50 practical tips and case studies from readers (including families) who have doubled their income, overcome common sticking points, and reinvented themselves using the original book as a starting point * Real-world templates you can copy for eliminating email, negotiating with bosses and clients, or getting a private chef for less than �5 a meal * How lifestyle design principles can be suited to unpredictable economic times * The latest tools and tricks, as well as high-tech shortcuts, for living like a diplomat or millionaire without being either.

The Resistance of the Monks

Buddhism and Activism in Burma

Author: N.A

Publisher: Human Rights Watch

ISBN: 156432544X

Category: Buddhism and politics

Page: 115

View: 1614

This 99-page report written by longtime Burma watcher Bertil Lintner, describes the repression Burma's monks experienced after they led demonstrations against the government in September 2007. The report tells the stories of individual monks who were arrested, beaten and detained. Two years after Buddhist monks marched down the street of the detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, hundreds of monks are in prison and thousands remain fearful of military repression. Many have left their monasteries and returned to their villages or sought refuge abroad, while those who remained in their monasteries live under constant surveillance--Human Rights Watch web site.

Zen Skin, Zen Marrow

Will the Real Zen Buddhism Please Stand Up?

Author: Steven Heine

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198043799

Category: Philosophy

Page: 232

View: 7005

Since Zen Buddhism first captivated the attention of Western seekers the dominant discourse about this sect has been romantic, idealistic, and utopian. The essence of Zen has been described as ineffable, holistic, and promoting social harmony. In recent years, however, some scholars have begun to examine Zen through the lenses of historical and cultural criticism, producing a sharp challenge to the traditional view. These clashing viewpoints are now entrenched in two warring camps, and their exponents talk past each other with virtually no constructive interaction. In this book, Steven Heine argues that a constructive compromise is possible. He focuses on three principal areas of disagreement: (1) the role of language and discourse in a tradition that claims to be 'outside words and letters,' yet has produced a voluminous body of texts, (2) the function of rituals and objects of worship to gain world benefit in a tradition supposedly founded on unmediated experience attained in an iconoclastic and ascetic environment, (3) the impact of a tradition that espouses peace and harmony on social issues such as class and gender discrimination and on nationalism and imperialism in Japan. Avoiding the stagnant polarization that characterizes most encounters between Zen traditionalists and their critics, he suggests ways in which these two perspectives can complement each other in a more balanced and nuanced alternative position.

Erotic Fantasy Art

Author: Duddlebug,Aly Fell

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061441511

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 192

View: 8325

Erotic Fantasy Art is a unique showcase of the very best of today's erotic art. Drawing on a wide variety of work by traditional and digital painters and illustrators from all over the world, it is a stunning sourcebook of ideas and inspiration guaranteed to stimulate the imagination and the senses in one lush full-color volume. Inside you'll find: An inspirational showcase of images from leading erotic fantasy artists and rising stars The art of talents from around the globe such as Jim Murray, Arthur Suydam, Patrick Reilly, Cyril Van Der Haegen, Francis Tsai, and many many more The artists' inspirations, their techniques, and the stories behind their work Digital techniques that have introduced new styles into erotic fantasy art Exclusive interviews with artists, which reveal the secrets of their unique effects